Amulet of Ptah

Nubian
Meroitic Period
50–225


Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W 108

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm (7/8 x 5/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.509

Medium or Technique

Agate

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This banded agate amulet depicts the creator god Ptah. He appears as a standing figure, whose head and feet are red to signify skin, while the torso is white to represent a garment. There is a suspension ring at the back. Ptah is the ancient creator god of Memphis, patron of craftsmen. He is often depicted wearing a skull-cap and straight beard. Amulets of Ptah are extrememy rare in Nubia.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W 108. 1922: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition